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Weimann: United defeat will spur Villa

ESPN staff
November 13, 2012
Andreas Weimann helped himself to a brace against Manchester United © PA Photos

Andreas Weimann believes last week's heartbreaking defeat to Manchester United has strengthened Aston Villa's resolve to become the first Premier League side to beat Manchester City this season.

The Austrian international feels the spirited performance against Sir Alex Ferguson's side in last Saturday's 3-2 loss leaves Villa with nothing to fear for their trip to the Etihad Stadium.

Paul Lambert's charges are still deep in relegation trouble, having picked up just nine points from their opening 11 matches - but Weimann feels he and his team-mates have even more belief in their ability to climb the table after running United so close.

Weimann was part of the Villa team that defeated City 4-2 in the third round of the Captial One Cup earlier this season and he said: "At the moment we think we can take on anyone and at Manchester City we'll be the same."

The Villa academy graduate scored twice against United and is currently in Austria for his country's friendly against the Ivory Coast, but he cannot wait to get back to domestic duty.

"Everyone was a little down after the game, but the gaffer has told us if we keep playing like that we'll get results, even against the top teams. We don't have fear and we shouldn't have," he said.

"The last few weeks we've got confidence because we've won a couple of games. We know one of those was against Swindon, but as a young team, if you win a game then you'll get confidence. If we can keep playing like that we'll get a few more wins soon enough."

Weimann has been converted to a right-sided attacking midfielder in recent weeks, despite preferring to operate as a central striker, but he is happy carry out Lambert's instructions if it means a regular place in the side.

"I'd say my best position's up front, but I really like this role because what the gaffer wants me to do is come inside and make runs in behind Christian Benteke. I like it and it's worked in the last couple of weeks, so hopefully I can keep my place there. I'm happy to run for the team, work hard for the team and help out defensively if I need to," he added.

"Playing on the wing you have to do that.w It does sometimes let me sneak in unnoticed, that's what happened for my second goal against Manchester United. I've had a few chances lately. I had a couple last week against Sunderland that were saved. I'm getting chances in this position so I'm happy to play there if the manager keeps picking me."

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